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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mouchoir de Monsieur c1904

Mouchoir de Monsieur: (The Gentleman’s Handkerchief) Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1904. The fragrance was originally created as a wedding gift of a couple of friends, it evoked the Belle Epoque, when it was fashionable to scent handkerchiefs, gloves and veils but especially to the skin.

Original Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aromatic musky oriental fragrance for men.
  • Top notes: absinthe, geranium, bergamot, almond
  • Middle notes: jasmine, rose, tuberose, neroli, wood, cinnamon, civet, Tonkin musk
  • Base notes: vanilla, tonka bean and musk

Reformulated Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aromatic citric fragrance for men.
  • Top notes: lavender, lemon verbena, geranium and bergamot
  • Middle notes: patchouli, cinnamon, jasmine, neroli and rose
  • Base notes: woody notes, iris, amber, civet, vanilla, fougere accord, tonka bean and oakmoss


Originally, it was housed inside a beautiful Baccarat crystal flacon dubbed the Escargot, a flacon designed by Raymond Guerlain, painted in an 18kt gold snail motif.

1 liter size Bottle by Pochet et du Courval. Photo by ebay seller agtracker.

photo by ebay seller lightofthemoon

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. It was still being sold in 1953.

It was relaunched in 1955 after being re-orchestrated with modern ingredients, it sold still in the 1990s.

From 2001, it was exclusive to Harrods in the UK. Sophisticated and elegant, it is now offered in a limited edition in the original bottle to the amazing form of snail. Presented in a 200ml bottle.

Photos from ebay, worthpoint, estasbarbara, drouot, espritdeparfum,perfumeshrine,olfablog

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